Octane 4 experimental release now available
Otoy has announced that a preview release of Octane 4 is now available for users with a V3 license. The new release sees several “AI” features designed to significantly speed up renders.
AI Light promises improvements in light sampling for scenes with many lights. According to Otoy it works using a learning system that improves as more samples are rendered and “when used with Adaptive Sampling, AI Light gets even better since it will learn that other lights become more important, as some pixels are no longer sampled.”
Scene loading times have been improved along with viewport interactivity. Users are now able to interact with the scene in a far more fluid fashion than in previous releases and demos show vertex animation with a constant topology updating in near real-time even in complex scenes.
Users can also save time by using AI Denoise as a shortcut for a noise-free image, and Octane now supports out of core geometry, allowing users to use their system memory for geometry data including support for multiple GPUs.
There are also big changes to licensing. A new free tier is announced that will allow the use of Octane free of charge for up to 2 GPU cores, even for commercial work. Rental licenses start from $20 per month including all the DCC plugins for up to 20 GPU cores with additional network nodes costing $10 per month. You can read more about this announcement on Otoy’s forum and see a video presentation on Youtube.